MARCH 28, 2013 - Teachers' Biweekly Messages
Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak to the General Assembly’s Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education concerning the needs and funding priorities of public schools in North Carolina. My top three priorities are foundational: teacher salaries, ending the LEA discretionary reduction and funding the list of program areas that lawmakers have directed us to do. These include the ACT test, reading programs and intervention for third graders who are not reading at grade level, digital technology in the classroom and other items.
- NCDPI Requests Waivers to Title I, Part A School Improvement Grants 1003(g)
- Credit by Demonstrated Mastery Implementation Guidelines Update
- Educator Effectiveness Update Webinar Scheduled for April 25
- "What We Believe" is Theme for Teacher of the Year Summit
- Global Classroom Alliance Offering China Opportunity for Teachers
The NCDPI will submit a request for a waiver for Section 421 (b) of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. § 1225(b)) (also known as the "Tydings Amendment") to extend the availability of FY 2012 School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds authorized under section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), from Sept. 30, 2014 to Sept. 30, 2016.
The extension of the availability of funds would allow for the provision of three-year, rather than one-year awards to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that are approved for funding. The waiver would allow any LEA in the state that receives a SIG to use those funds in accordance with the final requirements for the SIG program (75 Fed. Reg. 66363 (Oct. 28, 2010)).
The public is invited to review and comment on the waiver being requested through 5 p.m., March 22, 2013. Interested persons may present their written comments via e-mail to Donna Brown, Federal Program Monitoring and Support Division director, at Donna.Brown@dpi.nc.gov or by mail to: Donna Brown, Federal Program Monitoring and Support Division, NCDPI, Mail Service Center 6351, Raleigh, NC 27699-6351.
The Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) Implementation Guidelines Committee is continuing to develop guidelines for this SBE policy. Data was gathered from the recent statewide survey to inform the content of the guidelines. The guidelines will include many topics, including examination scoring, artifact design, and athletics information. The timeline for implementation of this policy is 2013-14; with almost all LEAs providing access to this policy to students in spring 2014, which would then impact student placement in fall 2014. Guidelines to support LEA implementation of this policy will be shared in July. There will be additional SBE policy to clarify the intent of the timeline. Please contact Rob Hines at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sneha Shah-Coltrane at Sneha.email@example.com with comments.
The NCDPI and NCAE are sponsoring an Educator Effectiveness Update webinar on Thursday, April 25, from 4-5:30 p.m. Topics to be discussed include the sixth standard, overall effectiveness status, EVAAS, and the Measures of Student Learning (including the Common Exams and pilot programs in other grades and content areas). To register, please visit http://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/781311065 . Once you register, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.
The first North Carolina Teacher of the Year Summit will take place Friday, April 12, at the Radisson Hotel in the Research Triangle Park. Darcy Grimes and Tyronna Hooker, the current and past year's North Carolina Teachers of the Year, are co-chairing this event. The summit will provide an opportunity for each district's Teachers of the Year for 2011-12 and 2012-13 to come together to collaborate, dialogue, and share best practices. The theme for the one-day summit is "This is What We Believe." Each teacher will have an opportunity to share what they believe. These thoughts will be collated and shared not only with each Teacher of the Year in attendance, but also with teachers across the state.
The Global Classroom Alliance is offering North Carolina educators the opportunity to teach in English immersion summer camps this summer in China. While the program requires a deposit to participate, most or all of the money will be refunded depending on whether teachers complete one camp (partial refund) or two camps (full refund). Teachers are needed for camps serving students ages 6-12 (elementary) and ages 14-17 (high school). Non-teaching cultural travel opportunities for teachers are included as part of the camp package. Please visit www.gcaproject.org for more information.